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L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love)

L'Elisir d'Amore

Oct. 7 and 8; Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, CCP Main Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City; for more information, call (02) 832-3704 or (02) 891-9999; or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph

Experience a different kind of high as one of the greatest comic gems in opera, Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) lights up the center stage this October, in time for the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Italy and the Philippines.

The two-act comic opera will be performed with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Ruggero Barbieri.

First performed in Milan at the Teatro della Canobbiana in 1832, L’ Elisir d’Amore is the most performed of Donizetti’s compositions, and has continuously been part of the global opera repertoire.

Headlining the international cast is acclaimed soprano Elena Monti as Adina; Tenor David Astorga, playing her paramour, Nemorino; and his nemesis, Belcore, performed by baritone Byeong In Park. The self-styled “Dr. Encyclopedia,” Dulcamara, is played by comic bass Francesco Vultaggio, while special guest Rachelle Gerodias-Park performs the gossiping Gianetta.

Proceeds of the fundraiser are to benefit the construction of the San Pablo Apostol Parish Church in Tondo, Manila.

For the Oct. 7 show, tickets are priced at PhP5,000 for Price Zone 1; PhP3,000 for Price Zone 2; PhP1,500 for Price Zone 3; and PhP1,000 for Price Zone 4.

For the Oct. 8 show, tickets are priced at PhP2,500 for Price Zone 1; PhP1,500 for Price Zone 2; PhP800 for Price Zone 3; and PhP500 for Price Zone 4.